Sunday, May 5, 2013

The International Workers´ Day 2013 in Iran at a glance

Ahead of May 1st, once more the repressive apparatus of regime was put in motion to intimidate workers and labour activists with the aim to prevent may 1st rallies. Khaled Hosseini, vafa Ghaderi, Koorosh Bakhshandeh were summoned to the headquarter of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security "MOIS" in the city of Sanandaj and other worker activists such as Mohammad Abdipour, Omar Shakeri and Ismael Niazi were threaten on the phone to refrain from participating in the celebration of International Workers´ Day. Nevertheless, the workers hold their rallies under sever surveillance conditions in different cities around the country.
The workers staged May 1st rallies in Sanandaj, Kamyaran, Marivan, Mahabad, saqqez, Paveh, Nosoud, Nodeshe and Naghadeh, Baneh, Oshnavieh, one of the cities in province Gilan, Damavand city (70 km from terhan), Lavasan region (30 km from Tehran) and a group of immigrant workers in district Kan of Tehran.
The rally in Sanadaj city was attacked by the special unit forces and many were arrested. Up to this moment the names of seven arrested workers have been identified (Farhad Zandi, Hamid Tarimoradi, Zahed Banafshi, Farzad Hossien Panahi, Mohammad Latifi, Shirkou Kordi and Houshayr).
Despite all the intimidating measure exerted by the employer and security forces, in Tehran, the members of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Drivers Syndicate attended in some terminals and met their colleagues and staged a rally at the main bus Terminal at Azadi square. This rally was ended by signing a petition for release of Reza Shahabi. Afterwards they visited the association to support the working and street children.
In an another rally, more than 50 workers and retired workers (the supporter of 30,000 workers petition) gathered in front of the Islamic Parliament in Tehran to protest the gravity of a shocking minimum wage, approved by the Cabinet. They came from various factories, including workers of Iran Khodro, PARS Kimidaro, shipbuilding, Pars Electric company, hospitals, Minoo company, Mahshahr Petrochemical company, Khuzestan steel, construction workers, Tehran chemical, metal industry companies number 1 and 2, Alborz rubber factory and some other industrial centers.
ImageAlso the political prisoners in Gohardasht prison also gathered on May 1st in hall # 12 of this prison. They, among them the imprisoned labour activist Shahrokh Zamani, sang revolutionary songs and read aloud essays about the current situation of labour movement and labour struggles.
In central prison of city Tabriz a small gathering was organized by imprisoned labour activist Mohammad Jarahi, who distributed some sweets.